Its a sleepy little town
Airport train in line for another station
A THIRD station servicing the much-maligned Airtrain Citylink line could be built at Brisbane airport within three years following a major restructure of the service.
Brisbane Airport Corporation has confirmed it is in talks with Airtrain to build the station to service the huge business precinct being built at No. 1 Airport Drive.
BAC estimates 40,000 people – including aircraft maintenance, training, car rental, tourism and airline staff – could be working at the airport within 20 years, and the third stop will be needed to service the expected demand for regular transport.
Strong growth in passenger numbers flying in and out of Brisbane is also driving the need for better city links.
The first few years of the $220 million, four-year-old line's operation was dogged by alarmingly low patronage. This fuelled fears that the service would collapse.
However, passenger numbers are reported to have steadily improved.
The new station – there are already stops at the domestic and international terminals – is likely to straddle Airport Drive between the international terminal and Eagle Junction station and would cost at least $5 million to build. The double pylons to support an extra stop were built during Airtrain's original construction.
BAC spokesman Jim Carden said yesterday the station was part of a "broader blueprint" for airport transport services.
"We've sat down with Airtrain and had some meaningful discussions about the third site and how we can put it there," he said.
"The demand for ground transport out of Brisbane is significant. Given the growth, this station is absolutely part of our vision."
Airtrain Citylink this week announced it had finished a major financial restructure that "ensures the long-term viability" of the service.
General manager Martin Earp said the changes, combined with Brisbane's traffic problems, pointed to a strong future for the link: "The only way to avoid being caught in traffic when heading to the airport is to use Airtrain."